Hotlinking is a term that describes the addition of images on a given Internet site through direct links. If you have site A, for example, and someone creates site B and wishes to include a couple of images from your Internet site, they could either save the images and then include them on their site or they could simply put links on their website to the images on yours. As a result, every time a visitor opens site B, site B will steal traffic from your own website A, since the images will load from your hosting account. This technique is sometimes used for documents and other kinds of files too. If you want to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own web hosting account’s resources, you could restrict their capability to use direct links to your files on their sites.
Hotlinking Protection in Shared Hosting
As our shared hosting plans provide a simple and practical hotlink protection tool, you will be able to secure your content from showing on third-party websites with literally only a couple of clicks, even if you do not have very much experience with such matters. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel and once you open it, you will only need to choose the domain or subdomain that you'd like to protect. Additionally, you could also choose if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, due to the fact that our system will create an .htaccess file automatically within the needed location and will include the required code inside it. All websites with enabled hotlink protection shall be listed inside exactly the same section, so you can easily disable this service for each of them with just a click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
Our company offers an effective solution to shield your entire content and even if you are not quite tech-savvy, you are able to take full advantage of it with a couple of clicks. The common way for you to enable server-side hotlink security is to set up an .htaccess file and to include a number of directives within it. With the tool that you'll discover inside the Hepsia Control Panel, offered with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll only have to pick the Internet site which you intend to protect and our system shall set up the .htaccess file for you, adding all the required content inside it. You could also use this function for only one folder instead of the whole site - you just need to specify where the .htaccess file has to be created. If you no longer want the hotlink protection to be switched on, you may disable it with one click from the very same section of your CP.